Islamabad High Court dismisses contempt of court petition against PM Imran Khan.
Chief Justice Athar Min Allah said in the written judgment that the courts have no fear of criticism. The confidence of the people’s judicial system is the basis of the independence of the judiciary. The courts do not discourage criticism from good faith. Benefit of doubt goes in favor of the elected representatives.
A contempt of court petition against PM Imran Khan was submitted to the Islamabad High Court by former Inspector General of Police (IG) Saleemullah Khan, who said that Prime Minister Imran Khan in a November 18 speech criticized court decision. He has also tried to make court proceedings controversial.
Justice Athar Min Allah said that you have read yesterday’s contempt of court verdict in which We have fixed the rules regarding contempt of court. Those who were not aware before, even now they have become aware of contempt of court.
Chief Justice Islamabad High Court held a dialogue with the petitioner asking that you want the trial of the elected Prime Minister. Are you aware of its consequences? Do you want to disqualify the prime minister? What bothers you with the Prime Minister’s speech? The petitioner took the stand that the Prime Minister ridiculed the judiciary. The Chief Justice remarked that the courts welcome criticism. Later, the court dismissed the petition, saying that the courts were not afraid of criticism.